About our Garden
Java Street Community Garden is a collaboratively run garden located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Our members are a varied group of residents from the local community. We co-design and tend to our shared green space which includes raised vegetable beds, fruit trees, perennials and native plants to attract pollinators.
The garden was started in 2011 when former Greenpoint resident Stella Goodall identified the potential future site at 59 Java street. At the time, the land was nothing but weeds and rubble. It was owned by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. With the aid of an advocacy group called 596 Acres, Stella and other local volunteers worked through city proceedings to successfully open the garden to the public in 2012.
Our mission is to establish a garden and public space for the larger Greenpoint area and for the enrichment of those participating in the community’s development.
Through our collective efforts and with the cooperation of local organizations, we aim to develop this space as a living laboratory for participants who wish to gain design and gardening experience and to contribute to their community.
Our garden has adopted many sustainable practices. We practice organic gardening by eliminating the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. We make compost, and brew compost tea with our vortex brewer. We collect rainwater from the roof of our shed and generate electricity from solar panels with battery storage.